Climate Change 201 in the making

In 2010, with the help of creative colleagues (Ingrid Liepa and Zeb Hansell) I pulled together a short animation on climate change science for the Columbia Basin.  I was coordinating a three year project on helping local governments to adapt to the impacts of climate change  and created this animation to kick off our community and local government workshops with baseline information.  The animation was intended to replace the need for a long powerpoint explaining how the climate works and what the modeling was telling us. The key message was : Be ready for a future that is different from the past!  It was a great workshop starter and people appreciated the short synopsis.

The same creative group has come together once again to update the video with new information on extreme weather and ways people can act.  I am excited to be tasked with the storyboard –  giving life to a 50 page text document.

Climate Change 201 (our working title) intends to help people move to action rather than simply stating the facts.  I am looking for creative ways to tell this story….is it a conversation on the steps of city hall, a downtown cafe, in the ski hill lift line?  What metaphors might tap into peoples’ imagination?  What ultimately inspires you to learn more and to act? Do you have an idea to share?

Your ideas – mainstream or wacky – are welcome!


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2 responses to “Climate Change 201 in the making

  1. Great video! It’s interesting you’ve chosen to use animation – I’ve recently done some animations on climate adaptation for a general public audience in the UK for an online action ( What have responses been like?

  2. Michelle Laurie

    Hi Ellie, Thanks for the message and yes I saw your videos (the ones that pan in/out of the line drawings?) – very nice! We used this video mainly as the intro to a workshop on introducing CC adaptation and the response was VERY positive. We are now doing a 2nd one to accompany a 50 page planning tool called from Dialogue to Action which gives the regional science plus what communities on the ground are doing to address potential impacts. Knowing that only keen people will dive into the planning tool, we want to make a 4-5 min animation that shares key points from the doc. We hope to bring back our characters in a new ‘conversation’. Should be online for May 1st. Still trying to figure out the story line………

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